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Harry Potter In A Minute, As Re-Enacted By Cats

Was yesterday’s “Harry Potter in 7 Minutes” too much of a commitment? Well, this video has kittens telling the basics of all the movies in the series, in a minute flat. Cute and efficient! Now go enjoy “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” which opened at midnight last night. [Best Week Ever] Keep reading »

New Documentary “The Lavender Scare” Remembers When Gays Were Purged From Government

We all know at least a little bit about our government’s hyper-overreaction to “the red menace” back in the 1950s. Men and women throughout politics, the media and Hollywood lost their jobs if anyone thought they were a Communist or Communist-sympathizer. A lesser known story, however, is how the U.S. government also tried to get rid of homosexuals. Lesbians and gay men were thought to be “sex perverts” and could lose their jobs serving the U.S. government if anyone found out. A new documentary called “The Lavender Menace,” which is currently in production, introduces us to the men and women who lost their jobs during this time and shows how a few of them, including an adorable old man named Frank Kameny, fought back. Keep reading »

7 Minutes In Harry Potter Heaven

Until about three weeks ago, I had no idea what a Muggle was. I had, for the large part, avoided the entire “Harry Potter” series. But with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” coming out and everyone lamenting the end of an era, I started to feel kind of left out of a cultural phenomenon. So, on a rainy weekend, I watched all six of the movies that have been released so far. And they were great. But let’s say you don’t have time for that and you still want in on “Deathly Hallows Part 2.” Never fear. This handy dandy video will catch you up on the series in seven minutes flat. You are welcome. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Joseph Gordon-Levitt And Channing Tatum Go Bald For Very Different Movies

This week, we caught a glimpse of both Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt rocking bald heads. Both hairdos are apparently for upcoming movies. Channing’s freshly shaved head was noticed by the papparazi as he walked around in LA, and many are assuming it’s for his role as Duke in “GI Joe 2: Cobra Strikes,” which has just started filming.

Meanwhile, Joseph’s shorn locks are for a very different movie. Keep reading »

22 Things We Never Thought We’d Do For A Man, Until We Did

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I saw “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” over the weekend. In 3-D. And I am so not into action movies. Now to be fair, my boyfriend had already bought tickets to “Horrible Bosses” for us, but I found myself wanting to please him since I knew he would much rather watch the Decepticons than Colin Farrell. I called him and suggested we see “Transformers” instead. Well, he jumped on it, returned the original tickets and immediately reserved our seats. “Babe, it’s going to sell out. We have to get there early!” he said, so excited.

Oh, the things we do for love. And lust. And infatuation. (And perhaps desperation, too). Have you ever found yourself doing things you said you would never do for a boyfriend, or a guy you’re dating, or even just a guy you want to date? I posed this question to the rest of The Frisky staff. So, take a moment and stop folding skidmark-stained undies and check out these 22 things we thought we would never do for a man—until we did. Keep reading »

The Critics Take On “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2″

The newest and final installation of the “Harry Potter” series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ will be premiering at midnight tonight. Perhaps you already have your tickets, or perhaps you haven’t yet decided whether you need to be one of the first to see it. Well, the critic’s reviews are trickling in and, overall, everyone is saying it’s the best of the seven. After the jump, some choice excerpts from reviewers, so you can decide if you will grab your sleeping bag and head to the theater tonight or if you’ll wait until the hype dies down (or at least until a reasonable hour on Friday) to see it. Keep reading »

What’s Up Next For Kristen Wiig?

It’s exciting to see that, in a post-”Bridesmaids” world, Kristen Wiig is starting to get major clout in Hollywood. For years, she has apparently wanted to do a movie called “Imogen,” and it has finally been picked up. Written by the husband and wife team behind “American Splendor,” Kristen describes “Imogen” as such: “It’s basically about a girl who kind of pretends to kill herself. She does it to get her recently ex-boyfriend’s attention. She ends up having to go live with her mom, whom she hasn’t seen in years. It’s kind of about going back home, so she finds her life again and gets reintroduced to her family, kind of a coming home story.” Kristen is hoping to be shooting by the summer.

So what else is on Kristen’s plate? Keep reading »

Justin Timberlake And Mila Kunis Chew Gum While Bumpin’ Uglies In “Friends With Benefits”


A restricted clip/trailer for “Friends With Benefits” (above, opening July 22) has me curious about something — have you ever f**ked and chewed gum at the same time? Excuse my French — Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis drop the f-bomb a lot in the trailer above, so I’m just getting into the spirit. Anyway, they also are seen doin’ the nasty while both smacking on gum. I can only imagine that this is going to be some sort of minor plot point in the film, as I don’t know of anyone that actually thinks it’s a good idea to chew gum and hump at the same time. Am I crazy? Keep reading »

13 Inappropriate Celebrity Rappers

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Tom Felton, aka Draco Malfoy, has a new career in mind now that he has been released from his “Harry Potter” duties. He plans to go from wielding a wand to spitting some rhymes. “I was thinking of doing some [British hip-hop group] N-Dubz-style stuff,” Felton explained. “I am looking to get into the grime rap UK scene. I’m going to change my image—backward caps, the lot.” [Huffington Post]

Now my first reaction to this is: Tom, noooooo! But then again, I would have said the same thing about Drake when I only knew him as Jimmy Brooks on “Degrassi” and he is actually amazing. Still, Tom sure seems like he is about to join a grand celebrity tradition. After the jump, stars who had no business trying their hand at hip hop. With videos, naturally.

Girl Talk: How I Learned About Feminism And Motherhood From Molly Weasley

I was eight years old when I first picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at an elementary school book fair. My mom bought me a hardcover copy to take home and read at my leisure. Instead of tuning into the Disney Channel I devoured all 309 pages of Harry’s first adventure in one night. As time passed, I continued to keep up with Harry Potter. I read all seven books upon their immediate release. I went to midnight showings of each film, sitting alongside my fellow Harry Potter Heads with their broomsticks and faux-lightning scars. I even visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Theme Park in Orlando, Florida, this past January, courtesy of the best Christmas gift ever. Both the 90-minute line to get into Ollivander’s Wand Shop and the hour-long wait for a meal at The Three Broomsticks were well worth it.

I’m sad that my childhood journey with Harry will come to an end on July 15—fourteen years after my initial HP experience—with the opening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.” Some kids read the Harry Potter books and learned about Azkaban, love potions, and chocolate frogs. I learned about feminism and motherhood, thanks to one of the series’ most underrated characters:

Molly’s character is viewed the same way most view the role of mothering: she is under appreciated and not acknowledged enough in comparison to her true significance and what she accomplishes on a daily basis.

Molly is the mother of Ron, Harry’s best friend at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, as well as six other Weasley children. Her husband, Arthur, works at the Ministry of Magic and leaves her as the designated homemaker. Her character is short and plump, with flaming red locks that match the rest of the Weasley clan. She rules the roost and wears many different hats—caregiver and expert pie maker, activist and one of the only female members of the Order of the Phoenix, and participating fighter in the Second Wizarding War to name a few. In “Deathly Hallows,” Molly will go toe-to-toe with Bellatrix Lestrange, chief Death Eater and Lord Voldemort’s right-hand-woman, during the Battle of Hogwarts. In case you haven’t read the books, she plays a pivotal role.

Molly’s character is viewed the same way most view the role of mothering: she is under appreciated and not acknowledged enough in comparison to her true significance and what she accomplishes on a daily basis.

She welcomes other children into her family and treats them like her own. Despite her lack of financial resources, she always comes up with a decent Christmas feast for all guests invited. While Molly upholds the traditional stereotype of being a stay-at-home mom, she is a new kind of mom that’s revolutionary in children’s stories. She is not a submissive character by any means; instead, she uses her role as “mother of many” as a means of power and accomplishing great tasks.

Molly Weasley’s unique, badass mothering reminds me of my own mom. Their similarities struck me at a young age through basic, minor details; specifically when Molly sent a Christmas package to Harry Potter during their first year at Hogwarts because she knew he was an orphan and wouldn’t get many presents. My mom always buys my friends her own Christmas presents, too, I thought to myself.

On a more serious note—Molly’s ability to aggressively stare down any problem facing her family, no matter what the cost or sacrifice, confirmed my suspicions that she shared more than a few characteristics with my own mom.

Like Molly Weasley, my mom stayed at home, but redefined the traditional role in her own ways. She’s never failed to encourage my progressive thoughts, urging me to pursue my most radical opinions over a cup of Lipton tea and piece of homemade bread pudding. My mom raised my siblings and I to never assume just because she stays home with us all day, she’s responsible for doing the dishes after dinner—my brother, sister, and I are very familiar with a sponge and dishwasher detergent.

It was a form of magic to see the same qualities play out between this made-up mother character in my favorite books and my real mom. My views on modern motherhood were inherently affected by witnessing both mothers nurture all children who need them, not just their own blood; manage to hold their families together under any and all circumstances; have unconditional love and support, even in the most frustrating moments; and partake in empowering, female-friendly movements that positively influence their daughters and sons alike.

J.K. Rowling didn’t only provide a source of entertainment for readers through Harry Potter; her works of fiction serve as critical tools in shaping the ways in which we perceive real-life experiences. Underneath the Death Eaters and Floo Powder are characters, themes, and metaphors filled with a deeper understanding. The Wizarding World might be a whole world away from reality, but its underlying messages hold true. I’m just so grateful that my mom bought me my first Harry Potter hardcover at that book fair. My feminist consciousness wouldn’t have been the same without it.

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